Koshiro Onchi: Ueno Zoo (Sold)

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Artist: Koshiro Onchi 1891-1955
Title: Ueno Zoo 
Date: ca 1945

Visitors enjoy Ueno Zoo in Ueno Park. One girl in a pink dress seems especially excited, raising her arms with joy. It must be summer, as the clothing is light and the trees are verdant. This work is part of a portfolio of 15 prints that were published by the Japanese Print Association as a reminder of what was lost during the war, done by a number of prominent sosaku hanga artists. Orchestrated by Onchi Koshiro, this is one of three contributions by Onchi to the series, who was probably its most celebrated contributor. The blocks were carved in 1929, and the work was printed in 1945. With original mount, included separately.

Series: 東京回顧圖會 Scenes of Lost Tokyo
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor toning due to original mount.
Dimensions: 20 x 27.5 cm cm
Publisher: Uemura Masuro
Literature: The Artist's Touch, The Craftsman's Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum, Maribeth Graybill, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2011, p. 295; Terrific Tokyo: A Panorama in Prints from the 1860s to the 1930s, Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton, Worcester Art Museum, 1999. p. 70; Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945-1952, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 2003 (see figure 41); Made in Japan – The Postwar Creative Print Movement, Alicia Volk, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2005, p. 35.